How Can “Flexible Work” Benefit Companies and their Employees?

For years, “flexible work” was advantageous for freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers.  However, global events have altered the traditional business landscape and affected the way we work.  At the same time, this has given rise to more flexibility in work schedules, shortened work weeks, and work-from-home opportunities.  As a result, flexible work has proven to be beneficial to companies and their employees.  If you’ve thought about developing a more flexible work culture, here are 7 advantages or benefits that you’ll enjoy:

  • You’ll attract top talent – whether you’re hoping to build and develop efficient teams or hire the top experts in your industry, a flexible work environment just might be the ideal way to attract the top talent in your field.
  • You’ll boost productivity levels – flexible work can lead to increased productivity.  Although it may seem counterproductive, flexible work typically comes with better time management, fewer distractions, and a sharper focus on what needs to be done.  All of this equates to increased productivity.
  • You’ll improve employee engagement – engaged employees know the role they play in the companies they work for and understand their importance.  Creating a supportive working environment that empowers and respects its employees fosters a culture of engagement and teamwork.
  • You’ll improve your diversity – if you limit your candidate pool to only a couple of areas, you’ll only be able to access a small group of individuals.  When the target audience is this homogenous, the workforce is considerably less diverse. By going virtual, you can tap into a larger audience and enhance the target group.
  • You’ll increase employee retention – one of the perks that prospective employees look for in a company is flexible scheduling.  So, adopting flexible work could enable you to hire and retain the top talent you’re searching for. Considering the trying times, flexible working becomes important for the workforce.
  • Flexible work promotes better choices – in addition to saving on overhead, flexible work could have significant environmental benefits by supporting sustainability.  Flexible scheduling and hybrid or remote work equates to less commuting, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of a company and its employees.
  • Flexible work supports better mental health – the relevance of today’s average 9 to 5 workday is questionable at best because it can impact your employee’s well-being significantly.  With scheduling flexibility, stress levels have been greatly reduced overall.

If you’ve been searching for virtual and hybrid event software solutions, we can help.  At Premier Virtual, we specialize in virtual recruiting events for small businesses and large corporations.  To speak with a company representative and learn more about us, call us today at 561-717-9717.

How Does Video Conferencing Differ from a Virtual Event Platform?

As businesses and corporations in ever-increasing numbers turn towards utilizing online meetings and virtual hiring events to save effort, money, and time, it may be difficult to understand how certain events and platform functionality differ.  This is especially true when you need to deliver a great hiring event experience to your target audience.

What is Video Conferencing?

Video conferencing is a straightforward meeting format that offers video participation for those in the meeting.  It’s similar to a video call that you can make on your smartphone, but it includes other features such as recording and transcription capabilities.  Video conferencing tools typically refer to such elements as:

  • permissions and settings designed to limit participation as well as who can be heard
  • screen sharing
  • virtual whiteboards

This works effectively for remote office meetings and smaller conferences.  However, when it comes to hosting or sponsoring a virtual event such as a conference, online class, or webinar (web seminar) you’ll need to invest in a virtual event platform.

What is a Virtual Event Platform?

Virtual event platforms are online spaces where conferences, hiring events, and other types of conferences can be held or hosted.  Granted, there are dozens of virtual event platforms available today.  However, it’s important to understand that no two are alike.  Nor is every platform suited for every type of event.  This is because some of them lack basic functionality such as break-out rooms for large-scale events.

Virtual event platforms are designed to provide digital events that your target audience would expect in an in-person trade show.  If you’ve been searching for a way to deliver a memorable industry event without spending the effort, money, and time involved with an in-person event, find a virtual platform that best facilitates your needs.  You’ll want one that is secure and readily accessible for you and your attendees. That is why it is important to have the right platform.

The Key Differences

If you aren’t sure when you should utilize virtual event platforms, here are the 5 most important differences between them and video conferencing:

  • video conferencing is integrated into virtual event platforms and enables you to use the integrated tools you specifically need
  • virtual event platforms are capable of handling the most complex agendas
  • virtual event platforms are in-person meeting simulations
  • virtual event platforms utilize automation and registration to help you understand who is attending your event
  • virtual event platforms were designed to accommodate larger audiences

To learn more about our virtual event platforms, please call Premier Virtual today at (561) 717-9717 for additional information.

6 Ways to Make your Virtual Hiring Event Stand Out

If your virtual hiring event is nothing more interesting than the company’s CEO lecturing the audience about how great your company is to work for, you’re not going to attract many sign-ups.  If you want to hold an engaging virtual recruiting event that is engaging and enjoyable, here are 6 features that will help yours stand out:

  • AMA sessions – with an Ask Me Anything session, you’ll be able to answer questions from attendees.  For instance, they may want to know about benefits, their specific role in the company, or the workplace environment.  By encouraging attendees to do this, you’ll build trust and demonstrate your commitment to honesty and transparency.
  • Job applications – if your goal is to recruit employees for certain positions within your company, why not provide them with the opportunity to apply during the event.  You could take this a step further by conducting one-on-one chats with management and other hiring personnel in a separate room. That will ensure better participation.
  • Live chats – your attendees will feel more like engaging with you and your associates if they can ask questions and share their comments in real-time.  It will also help the more nervous interviewees relax and feel more comfortable during their attendance.  This is especially important if you’re holding a panel discussion or training workshop.
  • Virtual morning coffee and happy hours – if there’s one thing we enjoy, it’s a freebie.  But unfortunately, virtual hiring events don’t enable you to hand out company-branded items to anyone that passes by your booth.  Why not consider handing out a gift card for a cup of coffee and a pastry to each attendee.
  • Virtual office tours – one of the more outstanding features you can include in your virtual hiring event is a virtual office tour.  By providing prospective employees with an exclusive tour of your offices and workplace, you’ll be adding a more personal touch to your event.  You could show them the best cafes or restaurants in the area or a meeting room where they can socialize with other employees.
  • Virtual stands – with this option, you can easily customize a virtual stand that features engaging video content, leverages eye-catching images, and shares links to relevant content for communication purposes.

You’ll need a good social media campaign and a virtual event page on your company website to encourage individuals to attend your career hiring fairs.  Call Premier Virtual at (561) 717-9717 today so you can learn more about our hybrid and virtual event solutions.

Engagement and Marketing Tools for Virtual Hiring Events Webinar

About this webinar

The Engagement & Marketing Tools for Virtual Hiring Events webinar will be hosted by Premier Virtual CEO, Steve Edwards.

He will be joined by a group of panelists to discuss how to attract and engage the most qualified candidates for your virtual and hybrid hiring events.

Joining us will be Todd Goldstein and Abby Strauss of TopResume, a Talent Inc. company, the world’s premier resume-writing service, analyzing millions of resumes and LinkedIn profiles each year. TopResume has partnered with Premier Virtual the leading virtual event software platform to provide its clients and their event attendees with access to a complimentary resume review.

Learn more about this engagement tool and how event attendees will also have the opportunity to upgrade this complimentary resume review service and work directly with a professional writer and industry expert to redefine their personal brand and stand out from the crowd during the job-search process.

We will be updated our list of recruitment marketing firms that will provide you with actionable items to attract the right candidates for your open positions. These tactics continue to evolve, and if you’re not implementing the most effective ones you could be wasting a lot of time and money.

We hope to see you here on Tuesday, May 24th starting at 2pm.

Click here to register

Understanding the 4 Different Types of Virtual Hiring Events

With the advent of COVID-19 and the impact it’s had on the economy and job market, it’s easy to see why in-person job fairs have stepped aside and let virtual hiring events take center stage.  Virtual hiring events are online events that were designed and developed to connect employers and hiring managers with prospective employees.  Job candidates are allowed to learn about what jobs are available, network with company representatives, and submit resumes to the companies they’d like to work for.

Furthermore, as an employer, you have the opportunity to market your company and connect with a broad range of talent.  Because of the pandemic and the inconsistencies, it has created within our economy and the job market, recruiters and other hiring personnel have had to turn to technology to counteract its impact.  We offer 4 virtual hiring platforms for corporate CEOs, employers, human resources directors, and other hiring organizations which we’ve listed below. 

Virtual Career Days

To collect resumes, identify top candidates, and market their company brand to those prospective employees, some businesses and organizations will choose this platform for their recruitment efforts.  Those in attendance will be able to engage with hiring personnel, learn more about prospective employers, and speak with some of each company’s existing employees.

Virtual Career Fairs

Virtual career fairs usually target college graduates.  As such, they enable candidates to engage and network with several prospective employers at the same event.  In some cases, job candidates are required to create an online profile before the event.  An online virtual job fair will enable you to connect with hiring organizations and human resources directors.

Virtual Professional Development Events

Professional development is the #1 priority for the serious job candidate.  These events include masterclasses, seminars, and job training thereby helping employers attract the right candidates.  More specifically, they will target only those individuals who desire to learn new skills or want to sharpen the skills they’ve already acquired. Considering the hybrid nature of learning and working in the pandemic, virtual development events are the right opportunity.

Webinars

Where virtual hiring events are concerned, web seminars, or “webinars” as they are more commonly referred to, are less interactive.  However, they are a great way for human resource departments and hiring managers to reach a broader range of job seekers.  It’s also an ideal way for companies to market their brand and showcase the top aspects of their workplace environment.

To learn more about our hybrid and virtual event solutions, call Premier Virtual today at (561) 717-9717.

Premier Virtual Recruitment Suite

The latest acquisition by Handshake, a company with 21 million students in its database, is another example of the importance of virtual and hybrid hiring events. Their investment, estimated in the $10-$50 million dollar range in a virtual platform shows the future of hiring will remain virtual, and the sooner your company embraces this transformation the more successful your hiring endeavors will be.

But virtual platforms are much more than a place to host hiring events. By integrating the latest enhancements on the Premier Virtual platform, you literally have access to an all-in-one virtual recruitment software that allows you to do everything in one place. In addition, the ongoing ATS integrations mean you can seamlessly download and access all the data right from your own applicant tracking system.

What Does a Virtual Recruitment Suite Offer?

When you apply your Premier Virtual Recruitment Suite to its fullest extent, you are leveraging very powerful tools that give you the best opportunity to make the right hire. Features include:

  • Group Video
  • 1 on 1 Video Interviews
  • Video Resumes
  • Interview Scheduler
  • Internal Chat
  • Live Reports
  • Setup Wizards
  • Custom Lobby & Booths
  • Post Event Reports
  • QR Codes for Hybrid Events
  • 24/7 Virtual Hiring Room

Beyond Virtual Job Fairs and Hiring Events

The platform is so versatile, you don’t have to wait for a hiring event to meet qualified candidates. Now, your platform is also a virtual hiring room that can be accessed 24/7 by interested job seekers. You can also promote your virtual hiring room on job postings and on your website so candidates can ‘stop by’ certain hours of the day when your recruiters will be available to meet and answer questions.

This strategy is quickly becoming an integral tool for recruiters to pre-screen candidates. It’s also become the preferred method for job seekers who want to gather some information before applying. Giving applicants that kind of access and immediate feedback is a tremendous competitive advantage over other employers, especially in today’s labor market.

The future of hiring is virtual, and a the virtual recruitment suite by Premier Virtual is your all-in-one solution to your hiring needs. If your recruitment team is not leveraging this tool, or if your current platform provider is not delivering on your expectations, please contact us or visit www.PremierVirtual.com today to schedule your free demo.

Premier Virtual’s new QR Code Generator Brings you the Best of Both Worlds!

In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid Career Fairs – Which Approach is Best?

When planning a career fair, the common goal is to connect employers with qualified job candidates. A secondary goal is for jobseekers to learn more about companies they may have not considered working for previously.

Traditionally, live or in-person career fairs were the best option, but in today’s world, other options should be considered. Let’s take a minute to review them all.

In-Person- All attendees are physically present in one location

Virtual- People attend the event entirely online

Hybrid- Some people attend in-person and others online.  Using Premier Virtual’s new QR code generator, you can record the interactions and easily download all of the reports at the end of an event for efficient follow up.

How do you know which approach is right for your career fair?

There are different factors, such as event size, budget, timeline, the geography of attendees, and a common issue faced during the writing of this blog post – the ongoing issues due to the Covid-19 virus.

Live Events – Still considered the most effective form of communication and is perceived as more credible and positive.

It was not long ago that the idea of meeting people online was denounced. Boomers and even millennials were openly against it and had the opinion that people only chose to go virtual if they lacked interpersonal skills. In a sense, they were somewhat ‘shamed’ for not wanting to connect in person.

In large part due to the Pandemic, and also as part of the natural evolution of digital apps and platforms, virtual events are quickly becoming a perfect alternative to in-person meetings. It is said the pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation by as much as 3 to 5 years.

However, many people still appreciate and seek the opportunity to network in person, with factors such as effective communication, credibility, and overall positive experience as the leading factors.

It’s hard to argue that humans find face-to-face communication as most effective because of the entire experience it produces. Body language, postures, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements do not translate as well, even on a video call online.

Virtual Events – Faster turnaround time, reduced costs, and broader reach

The most common reasons clients choose virtual (pre-covid) include that time and money are at a premium. Virtual events allow the host to quickly create and launch an event, and depending on the size, on a much smaller budget.

Post-Covid, we see that social distancing and keeping everyone safe is the top reason organizations are choosing virtual. When it comes to virtual career fairs, the virtual options have resulted in higher attendance rates for jobseekers and more hiring companies are participating as well, due to the reduction in time and money required to do so.

Everyone who has hosted or attended a virtual event agrees it is a much more efficient process. No one has to wait in a long line to speak with a recruiter, and no company has to deal with the frustration of a poorly attended booth since they will typically receive reports with access to all of the resumes from registered candidates.

Reporting is another huge advantage to virtual events since each employer has their dashboard and is provided reports with all attendees, who attended their booth, and what resumes match their job openings.

While text/chat options or even a built-in one-on-one video interface do not compare with speaking in person, these tools do make it very easy for the recruiter to meet with candidates and get to see if they are a good fit, right on the spot.

Get the best of both worlds with Hybrid Events – Flexibility to reach the greatest number of qualified candidates.

So, while in-person hiring events remain a popular option for recruiters that enjoy face-to-face interaction, the limitation of social distancing, as well as traditional limitations of being available to travel to an in-person job fair make hybrid the best option.

Most often in-person job fairs attract the unemployed jobseeker. A hybrid event allows highly qualified candidates who are employed to also attend. These virtual attendees can quickly log on before work, or during a lunch hour, attend and apply online, whereas attending in-person might have been impossible.

Now Premier Virtual has launched a QR code generator that hosts and employers can use at live events.  These QR codes enable attendees to quickly access the event and employers virtual hiring booths, which means that all of the in-person activity can be tracked digitally.  Now employers can simply download the resumes they received at the event for easy follow up, and attendees can keep notes as well.  This is the best of both worlds because you gather all of the data that comes with virtual events in an in-person setting.

The Pros and Cons of Hosting Virtual Events:

Pros:

  • Reduced Costs – The logistics of a physical event can be daunting. Renting a venue, printing badges, selling tickets, food, clean-up, etc., all drive up costs, time, and resources. These are all eliminated with a virtual event.
  • Broader Reach – with zero travel time, anyone from anywhere can attend. In a state like Florida which attracts people from across the U.S., many citizens that want to move have a unique opportunity to attend a virtual job fair and land a job to facilitate the move. In industries in high demand like technology and medicine, you don’t have to limit your job pool to the local population. Also, external factors like poor weather, or emergency events do not affect virtual events, so there is very little chance for interruptions or cancellations.
  • Increased Productivity – hiring managers can meet with multiple job-seekers simultaneously, and do not have to make the job candidates wait in long lines. Being able to view resumes and start video chats makes it easy for recruiters to choose who they believe will be the best fit.
  • Reporting – platforms like Premier Virtual offer detailed reports that make virtual events much more efficient as well. Each employer will know, who visited their booths, and who submitted a resume. Each recruiter can rank the candidates and easily set up follow-up interviews.

The Cons

  • Less personal connection- for recruiters that put a high value on the physical handshake, there is nothing a virtual event can do to replicate that. The personal face-to-face experience is very immersive, so virtual events have to work harder to attract and keep the attendee’s attention.
  • Distractions – If the job seeker is at work, or multi-tasking it will be difficult to remain focused on the event. It is easy to get distracted when attending virtually, which can hurt retention or the job candidate not attending each booth that matched their qualifications.
  • Overwhelming – when an event has 300 or more booths, it can be overwhelming for the job seeker. This can create anxiety for a jobseeker that is trying to visit each booth to see what jobs are available. New options that allow job seekers to get a ‘matching job report’ and a job-seeker journey are being added to make their experience more positive
  • Downtime – although the Premier Virtual platform has not suffered any significant downtime, there is a chance the platform or the attendee’s internet connection is interrupted. This can cause a poor experience and be very frustrating if it occurs during a live interview. Technology doesn’t always cooperate and can be a bigger issue for areas of the country with less service or less broadband access.

Which Event is Right for your next Career Fair?

If you have not hosted a virtual event, here is a chart that helps illustrate the options:

Face-to-Face Virtual Hybrid
Most Effective Communication X
Faster Turnaround X
Cost Savings X X
Increased Collaboration X
Greater Reach X
Digital Reports X X
Relaying Complex Info X
Reduced Travel Cost X X

If you would like to get free advice on which option is best for you, or to find out more about our new QR code generator for hybrid events, please contact Premier Virtual online or at 561-717-9717 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our advisors.

We have powered over 6,000 virtual hiring events, where 60,000+ employers have connected with over 650,000 registered job seekers. Our best-in-class platform and experienced success managers are here to ensure you host the most successful virtual career fair possible.

We look forward to meeting you, so you can make the most informed decision to reach your company’s staffing goals.

What Are Virtual Job Fairs and Why Are They Important?

If you’re an employee recruiter, you’re probably familiar with the term “online job fairs” or more specifically, “virtual job fairs.”  2021 was an extremely challenging year for these individuals where the job market was concerned, especially since the pandemic ruled out the traditional recruitment process indefinitely.  With the inconsistencies of the US economy, job recruiters were pushed over the technological tipping point and compelled to use digital technologies for recruiting purposes.

What Exactly is a Virtual Job Fair?

In the simplest of terms, virtual job fairs are similar to webinars (web seminars) wherein job seekers and job recruiters meet virtually (online) in chat rooms, teleconferences, or webcasts to exchange information about employment opportunities.  Furthermore, a virtual job fair is comprised of several virtual elements that replace in-person events.  These include virtual:

  • conference halls
  • employer booths
  • information desks
  • lobbies
  • meeting rooms
  • networking lounges

Once logged in, a participant can enter any one of the above areas, interact with a variety of employers and other attendees using different communication tools. It helps them explore the available employment options while companies can look at potential candidates online. This has been extremely useful, especially during the pandemic, where in-person meetings and interviews were not possible.

The Importance of Virtual Job Fairs

In addition to complying with safety and health guidelines, virtual job fairs offer 3 key advantages and benefits to recruiters that range from cost-effectiveness to increased accessibility.  These advantages and benefits include:

  • Cost-effectiveness and better time management – in-person recruitment fairs are very costly due to the need for accommodations, logistics, technical assistance, and more.  Additionally, organizing and setting up in-person recruitment fairs can be extremely time-consuming, depending on the size of the event.
  • Greater reach – due to their unlimited capacity, virtual job fairs can attract up to 10 times more traffic and can operate on a 24/7 basis to accommodate all time zones.  This global reach is a key selling point for job recruiters.
  • Improved analytics – analytics is reshaping the business environment and enables better decision-making.  The same is true with virtual job fairs.  Furthermore, hosting virtual job fairs provides recruiters with tons of data that can be utilized in recruitment marketing campaign strategies.

As a result, virtual job fairs have become extremely popular and are now included in many HR processes on a global scale.  Businesses and corporations that never imagined the need for virtual job fairs before are now reaping the benefits of them.  Are you interested in hosting a virtual job fair? Call Premier Virtual at (561) 717-9717 or send us a message by clicking here.

The 5 Key Benefits of Virtual Job Fairs

Virtual job fairs enable career candidates and employers to connect in real-time via audio, live chat, and video chat while saving money and time in the process.  Virtual job fairs are cost-effective, are the ideal platform to consider in these unprecedented times, and provide your company a competitive advantage. Not only does it benefit employees but helps the potential employees and students get the jobs that they are looking for.

If you’re still having trouble deciding between an in-person or virtual job fair event, consider the following 5 key benefits of holding your career fair online:

  • Analyze your virtual job fair with quantifiable results – by using the metrics that result from your virtual event, you’ll be able to analyze the success of it much easier.  You’ll be able to document the actual number of sign-ups, attendees, and candidates that were hired, and then use this information to generate reports for future reference.  This will also enable your team to leverage this information so they can improve your recruitment marketing and candidate acquisition strategies.
  • It’s easier to promote your event – since virtual job fairs are conducted online, it’s much easier to promote them through job posting boards as well as social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Pre-screening talent will save you time – in addition to engaging more individuals, virtual job fairs enable you to hire the right candidates faster.  You can pre-screen prospective employees and if qualified, be scheduled for an interview immediately.  Furthermore, you can integrate your HR team’s calendar directly with a virtual job fair, thereby making it easier to automate interview scheduling.
  • Virtual job fairs are more cost-effective – another significant benefit of a virtual job fair is the cost savings and return on investment you’ll realize.  With traditional, in-person job fair events, you have to rent a venue and consider the costs of beverages, food, and logistics.  It’s no secret that the cost of airline tickets and hotel rooms for candidates and employers can add up quickly.
  • You’ll attract more candidates – one of the primary benefits of hosting an online job fair is the ability it provides to reach a larger, more diverse group of prospective career candidates.  Not only will you be able to communicate with a larger talent pool, but you can interview candidates in different cities, states, and countries.  Consequently, it creates more opportunities for attracting top-tier candidates.

No matter the size and type of business you own and operate, you can benefit from holding a virtual job fair.  To learn more, call Premier Virtual today at (561) 717-9717.

How to Create a Successful Recruitment Marketing Strategy

The primary reason so many virtual jobs fair events fail is the lack of student participation. There is low awareness and participation which fails to mobilize the targeted audience. Regardless if it’s an in-person or virtual event, developing a sound recruitment marketing strategy for promoting your job fair is crucial to increasing the number of participants and maximizing your return on investment (ROI) for the event.  If you want your virtual job fair to be a success, here are some helpful tips for developing a recruitment strategy that works:

  • Simplify the registration process by making it quick and easy to sign up – be sure to make it mobile-friendly so candidates and employers can register when they’re on the go and so it’s convenient for them to do so.
  • Make it as accessible as possible – 70% of online career fairs have poor visibility and are not easily accessible.  If you want your virtual job fair to be successful, don’t let your hosting platform, landing page, or registration system fall short.
  • Post links to the registration page on your website – if you want people to find your virtual event, make the registration process public and easy to find.  Provide information regarding the dates and times as well as deadlines and instructions for registering, preparation tips, and who you want to attract.
  • Engage your target audience through an e-mail marketing campaign – create a contact list of candidates and employers as well as separate messages for each group.  E-mail is also an ideal venue for delivering additional information about your virtual job fair so less searching is involved.
  • Advertise your event on social media platforms – this is another great way to inform people of your upcoming virtual job fair.  Be sure you post it well enough in advance so candidates and employers have sufficient preparation time.
  • Post physical signage as well – just because your event is virtual, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hand out flyers and post signs to raise awareness.  Heavy traffic areas such as campus cafeterias and libraries are ideal locations for catching the attention of hopeful career seekers.

Most importantly, work with Premier Virtual to host online hiring events and virtual career fairs.  We put everything at your fingertips to help you host a successful event.  When it comes to the best value for the investment, ease of use, reliability, and support, we are the top-rated virtual event software platform.  Our platform was developed by recruitment specialists for recruiters.  To learn more, call us at (561) 717-9717 today.